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Woman burns her 9 and 11-year-old maids because they stole 50 cents

By Mason White 4:16 PM June 16, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly burning her two young maids because they stole some change, police in Nigeria said.

Abia State Police said that they have arrested 50-year-old Agnes Uchendu and her son Ikechukwu Uchendu, after being accused of using a hot iron to burn the 9 and 11-year-old maids because they took 50 cents without permission.

Police said that they received a tip off by a women’s rights organization about the girls. According to the police investigation, the mother and her son tortured Hope Ajunwa and Ngozi Ajunwa on a regular basis.

When officers raided the home, they observed bruises on the feet of Ngozi Ajunwa. They also saw burn wounds on both girls.

During questioning, the suspects admitted to burning the children because they took N100 ($0.50) without their permission.

The girls were transported to the Nigeria Police Clinic Umuahia health clinic, where they were treated and released. The children are currently in the custody of the state.